Round four of Euroleague play saw the top two teams in Group B square off in Krakow, as Wisla Can-Pack hosted Beretta-Familia. Only one of the two could emerge from the clash undefeated, and Wisla earned the honor with an 83-72 victory. At 4-0, Wisla is all alone atop Group B. Double-doubles have become routine for Janell Burse, who posted 16 points and 12 boards and remains Euroleague’s leading rebounder. Wisla also got 17 points and 13 assists from former L.A. Sparks guard Marta Fernandez.
With an eye toward Euroleague, Wisla coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez rested his starters in yesterday’s PLKK league win over MUKS Poznan. Burse played just over 10 minutes, scoring seven points and grabbing five boards. The second string proved plenty capable in a 92-58 victory.
Over in EuroCup, Camille Little and Tanisha Wright led K.V. Imperial AEL to its second victory in as many games, surviving 68-65 at Samsun. A 6-0 run got the hosts within one in the final 30 seconds, but Little scored with 13 ticks left on the clock and a steal secured the victory. Little had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Wright scored 10 points, handed out five assists and grabbed five rebounds.
It was a great weekend in the WNBL for the Sydney Uni Acuvue Flames, who swept a pair of matchups to move into a tie for third place in the league at 7-3. Friday saw Suzy Batkovic-Brown put up 27 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Flames to a comfortable 77-62 home victory over Adelaide. On Sunday, Sydney held on to win at Bendigo 70-69. Deanna Smith’s shot put the Flames ahead with just over a minute left on the clock, and Sydney hit its free throws to finish the win. Batkovic-Brown had 14 points and 12 rebounds, contributing on a night where her shot deserted her (5-of-17 from the field). The Flames have now won their last five games since starting below .500.
On Saturday, Swin Cash led Guangdong Asia Aluminum to its fourth straight WCBA win by an 84-70 final over
Yunnan Qu Jing Li. Cash had 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. The WCBA now breaks until mid-December, with Guangdong currently second in the league at 4-1.